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Fores' Correct Representation of The State Procession on the Occasion of the August Ceremony of her Majesty's Coronation, June 28th, 1838.
1 Fores' Correct Representation of The State Procession on the Occasion of the August Ceremony of her Majesty's Coronation, June 28th, 1838.
London Messrs. Fores (Fores' Sporting & Fine Print Repository and Frame Manufactory) 1838 First edition Half Calf, Marbled Boards, Cloth Insert Slipcase Good 
A fabulous very long hand-colored leporello, or concertina, capturing the pomp and pageantry of the procession marking the coronation of Queen Victoria. In the age before photos, this souvenir impressively reproduced the entirety of the affair, or something very close to it, and it unquestionably served as a template for later such occasions. The leporello is 1720 by 11 cm, or over 700 inches long. It unfolds by opening from the center, with half to the left, half to the right. The leporello fits into a custom-made cloth slipcase, around which a half calf binder (with marbled boards) enfolds in a rather novel, attractive style of binding system. The outer panels on both sides are heavily soiled and foxed, as is the centerpiece, which lies on the inside of the spine. By the hinges there are abrasion losses, and the centerpiece has cracks running down vertically with trivial losses, and some minor blistering besides. Most of the panels have light soiling but are nonetheless quite bright and always attractive. The original outer casing and title is gone. Missing also is the title tab rendered in French on the left end of the leporello; the tab on the right side rendered in English is present. Happily, the entire leporello is backed with canvas to give it extra strength. 
Price: 4000.00 USD
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Panoramic Pictures at the Zoo
2 Panoramic Pictures at the Zoo
New York Sam'l Gabriel Sons & Company Leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1920s. Oblong leporello with six pop-up cages housing lions, tigers, camels, zebras, deer and bears. Behind the cage bars lie a more naturalistic setting, as opposed to the stone and brick of standard zoo architecture of the era. The front cover depicts a zoo elephant ride, with tots sitting aloft, and the rear board features buffalo. A most charming toy book, which stands easily upright, allowing for the cage pop-ups to be opened to a more three dimensional viewing. The panels are attached by strips of red cloth. On the opposite side from the cage pop-ups are descriptions of various animals and black and white illustrations, and these include other animals such as kangaroos, monkeys and ostriches. Given the construction of the accordian-like book, there is a suggestion of looseness to it, but the panels are firmly attached to one another and the pop-ups, which require a little manual assistance in pulling out, are completely functional and attractive. Two of the red cloth binding strips are replacements. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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Picture Story of Mu Lan
3 Picture Story of Mu Lan
Silk pasted onto boards Near Fine 
N.d, circa early 20th Century. With ten hand-colored illustrations on silk, each painted directly onto the material. The leporello or concertina tells the story of a Chinese Joan of Arc figure, except this woman does not suffer a tragic end to her heroic, martial achievements and is able to revert to the life of a virtuous woman. This is a truly a feast to the eyes, with the bright colors of each plate producing a shimmering effect. The simple story, undoubtedly a pared down version of a lengthier legend, is recounted on the facing pages in both Chinese and English. The leporello measures 8 by 5.5 inches, 20.5 by 14 cm, when closed. Other than edgewear to the silk fabric pasted onto the boards and perhaps a touch of sunning to the silk along the edges, a pristine copy. Scarce, with no copies located on OCLC. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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[Leporello] Fifteen Cartomancy Cards (?)
4 [Leporello] Fifteen Cartomancy Cards (?)
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N.d., 18th century. With 15 hand-colored panels, possibly meant for a fortune-telling purpose or game, or possibly just a word game. The panels, or cards, are entitled "Friendship", "Gratitude", "Mask", "Deceit", "Oeconomy", "Good Woman", "Good Nature", "Coach", "Cottage", "Old Bachelor", "Letter", "Security", "Plenty", "Justice", "Hall". While also possible free-standing cards were mounted onto canvas later to create the accordian or leporello, the fabric appears as antique as the cards, and thus it is presumed that the format was either original or done virtually contemporaneously. While the images themselves are not naive in their execution, the overall effect of the piece is wonderfully folk art-ish, and as with much folk art, its meaning to its early users is a fascinating conundrum. The panels, or cards, are heavily soiled, with a light blue dye running over quite a few of them. The edges are worn throughout, and the edges of the cards are not fully pasted down anymore. Still a miraculously well-preserved oddity. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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5 [Meiji Culture] Scenes of Japanese Life
Tokyo Cloth on boards, leporello Very Good 
N.d., circa 1900. Leporello with 14 color woodblock plates. The scenes are various, depicting women, men and children, and scenes around food preparation , dining, pets playing, promenading, prayer, shopping, punishment, etc. Measuring 6.75 by 4.75 inches, or 17 by 12 cm, and each image is about 9 inches, or 23 cm, wide. Patterned silk with some edgewear. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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